Boko Haram: 4770 terrorists surrendered in two weeks – DHQ

Defence Headquarters on Thursday said 4,770 terrorists comprising 864 adult males, 1,415 women and 2,490 children surrendered to the Nigerian troops between June 1 and June 15, in the North East.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, made this know at the bi-weekly news conference on the operations of armed forces on Thursday, in FCT.

Onyeuko said the intensified operations of troops of Operation Hadin Kai across the North East Zone led to the rescue of abducted persons, neutralising of terrorists, arrest of terrorist members, recovery of arms and ammunition and other security-related items.

Onyeuko said the troops of 152 Battalion had between June 17 and June 21, met with fleeing Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State West Africa Province fighters at Buduwa in Bama Local Government Area of Borno and eliminated seven of them.

He mentioned that one Mallam Abacha Usman was arrested at Benshek, Mallam Ibrahim Gira on Damboa – Biu Road and Mallam Ibrahim Gira a notorious terrorist petroleum supplier.

The troops also recovered 14 rustled cattle, two AK47 rifles, three bicycles, two locally made guns, 90 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and one Golf 2 car.

“All surrendered Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State West Africa Province members and families were profiled and documented while all arrested and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authority for further actions,” he added.